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Barbara Kay: Euthanasia’s damage to the human soul

Posted on 2014-09-30 10:34:00

Well, here we go again. Another controversial plan for assisted suicide – not surprisingly in Belgium, as so often in the past – and a first for a couple seeking an exit from life together, as they have lived for 63 years. Identified only as Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, they are both disabled. Francis has needed daily morphine for 20 years, while his wife Anne is quite deaf and partially blind. Fearful of being apart even for a minute, and too financially straitened for the kind of care home they consider suitable, neither can bear the thought of the inevitable loneliness to come by letting nature take its course. Belgium isn’t the only place where euthanasia is legal, but it certainly seems the place, along with the Netherlands, where the envelope gets pushed the farthest. Their 55-year old son John-Paul (one of three children who heartily approve of the idea, since none of them feels capable of caring for a survivor parent) approached their regular doctor to request their euthanasia, but was refused for lack of grounds. Undeterred, John-Paul found a willing doctor in more flexible Dutch-speaking Flanders, where more than 80% of Belgian euthanasias are performed (on average, five people in Belgium die by lethal injection every day). Belgium isn’t the only place where euthanasia is legal, but it certainly seems the place, along with the Netherlands, where the envelope gets pushed the farthest. In 2012 twin Belgian brothers, deaf and going blind, were euthanized at age 45. A 44-year old transsexual was euthanized on the grounds of despair over an unsuccessful sex change operation. And just weeks ago, a rapist and murderer successfully petitioned for euthanasia on grounds of mental anguish. Opinion is divided about Francis and Anne, as it always is. We’ve been here so often that by now most people who have given the matter serious thought have settled their convictions and their mental........

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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


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Barbara Kay: Euthanasia’s damage to the human soul

Posted on 2014-09-30 10:34:00

Well, here we go again. Another controversial plan for assisted suicide – not surprisingly in Belgium, as so often in the past – and a first for a couple seeking an exit from life together, as they have lived for 63 years. Identified only as Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, they are both disabled. Francis has needed daily morphine for 20 years, while his wife Anne is quite deaf and partially blind. Fearful of being apart even for a minute, and too financially straitened for the kind of care home they consider suitable, neither can bear the thought of the inevitable loneliness to come by letting nature take its course. Belgium isn’t the only place where euthanasia is legal, but it certainly seems the place, along with the Netherlands, where the envelope gets pushed the farthest. Their 55-year old son John-Paul (one of three children who heartily approve of the idea, since none of them feels capable of caring for a survivor parent) approached their regular doctor to request their euthanasia, but was refused for lack of grounds. Undeterred, John-Paul found a willing doctor in more flexible Dutch-speaking Flanders, where more than 80% of Belgian euthanasias are performed (on average, five people in Belgium die by lethal injection every day). Belgium isn’t the only place where euthanasia is legal, but it certainly seems the place, along with the Netherlands, where the envelope gets pushed the farthest. In 2012 twin Belgian brothers, deaf and going blind, were euthanized at age 45. A 44-year old transsexual was euthanized on the grounds of despair over an unsuccessful sex change operation. And just weeks ago, a rapist and murderer successfully petitioned for euthanasia on grounds of mental anguish. Opinion is divided about Francis and Anne, as it always is. We’ve been here so often that by now most people who have given the matter serious thought have settled their convictions and their mental........

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